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There are 5 ways to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne by train, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern Ece / ...

$45 - $130

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Bus  •  6 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Lucerna MarinoBus / ...

$12 - $35

3 alternative options

Train via Basel SBB  •  3 h 22 min

  1. Take the train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel SBB Ice / ...
  2. Take the train from Basel SBB to Luzern 27 / ...

$80 - $138

Drive  •  2 h 40 min

  1. Drive from Karlsruhe to Lucerne 179.6 miles

$35 - $55

Bus, fly, train  •  4 h 36 min

  1. Take the bus from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport
  2. Fly from Stuttgart (STR) to Zurich (ZRH) STR - ZRH
  3. Take the train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern

$79 - $300

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The cheapest way to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne is to bus which costs 11€ - 29€ and takes 6 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne is to drive which costs 30€ - 50€ and takes 2 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Karlsruhe and arriving at Lucerna. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 35 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Karlsruhe Hbf and arriving at Luzern. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 55 min.

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The distance between Karlsruhe and Lucerne is 218 km. The road distance is 287.4 km.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne without a car is to train which takes 2 h 55 min and costs 40€ - 110€.

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The train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern takes 2 h 55 min including transfers and departs twice daily.

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Karlsruhe to Lucerne bus services, operated by Marino Autolinee, depart from Karlsruhe station.

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Karlsruhe to Lucerne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, depart from Karlsruhe Hbf station.

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The best way to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne is to train which takes 2 h 55 min and costs 40€ - 110€. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs 11€ - 29€ and takes 6 h 35 min.

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Map of how to get from Karlsruhe to Lucerne.
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  • Distance: 136.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 55 min

What companies run services between Karlsruhe, Germany and Lucerne, Switzerland?

Deutsche Bahn operates a train from Karlsruhe to Lucerne once daily. Tickets cost $75 - $130 and the journey takes 2 h 55 min. Trenitalia Eurocity also services this route once daily. Alternatively, Marino Autolinee operates a bus from Karlsruhe to Lucerne once daily. Tickets cost $26 and the journey takes 6 h 35 min. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Stuttgart to Zurich
Ave. Duration
42 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $270
Train operators
Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn is the German railway company, and the largest railway operator and infrastructure owner in Europe. Based in Berlin, Deutsche Bahn was founded in 1994, and offers many different types of rail transportation including ICE or Intercity-Express for high-speed services between major cities and regions, IC (InterCity) for long-distance trains, RE (Regional Express) trains that connect regions and cities, and the S-Bahn rapid transit service. There are two main tickets on offer: the Flexpreis that has full flexibility, and the Sparpreis which is the cheaper, advanced fare.

Contact Details
Phone
+49 0180 6 99 66 33
Website
bahn.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75 - $130
Website
bahn.de
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Basel SBB
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
bahn.de
Trenitalia Eurocity

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Karlsruhe Hbf to Luzern
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Train from Basel Sbb to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Website
orario.trenitalia.com
Swiss Railways (SBB/CFF/FFS)

The national railway company of Switzerland, Swiss Railways operates trains throughout the country and adjacent European nations including Germany, France, Italy and Austria. Tickets are sold in two classes - First and Second - with most long-distance trains offering a bistro car serving beverages and snacks. Individual tickets can be bought easily at stands, while a variety of travel passes are on offer to suit different travel needs. Swiss Railways codeshares with American Airlines and Swiss International Air Lines out of Zurich International Airport.

Contact Details
Website
sbb.ch
Train from Basel SBB to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Train from Zürich Flughafen to Luzern
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $50
Website
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Schedules at
fahrplan.sbb.ch
Bus operators
Marino Autolinee
Phone
+39 080 3112335
Email
info@marinobus.it
Website
marinobus.it
Bus from Karlsruhe to Lucerna
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26
Schedules at
marinobus.it
Bus from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
marinobus.it
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from Karlsruhe to Lucerne
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
Ouibus
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves over 1400 destinations, in 26 countries including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, and across Scandinavia and central and eastern Europe. Founded in 2012, Flixbus’ extensive network connects cities with approximately 200,000 trips, with buses often departing every 30 minutes. One of the most affordable ways to get around Europe (and expanding soon into the US), a Flixbus journey is cost-effective, well-connected, comfortable and safe.

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Karlsruhe to Luzern
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$20 - $35
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Karlsruhe to Stuttgart, Stuttgart Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4 - $8
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Eurolines DE
Phone
+49 6196 2078-501
Email
service@eurolines.de
Website
eurolines.de
Bus from Karlsruhe Hbf to Stuttgart Airport
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$29 - $50
Website
eurolines.de

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The quickest flight from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport is the direct flight which takes 35 min.

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Karlsruhe to Lucerne bus services, operated by Marino Autolinee, arrive at Lucerna station.

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Karlsruhe to Lucerne train services, operated by Deutsche Bahn, arrive at Luzern station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Karlsruhe to Lucerne is 287 km. It takes approximately 2 h 40 min to drive from Karlsruhe to Lucerne.

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Swiss offers flights from Stuttgart Airport to Zurich Airport.

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There are 353+ hotels available in Lucerne. Prices start at $90 USD per night.

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